You Can Get Fit On Your Own, But You May Want To Join a Gym

You Can Get Fit On Your Own, But You May Want To Join a Gym

Health and Fitness January 10, 2019

Millions of people go to a gym or fitness center every week, although as a portion of the population, the number is fairly low, with only about one-third of adults getting the recommended amount of weekly exercise. As you might guess, people between the ages of 20 and 64 go to the gym the most, with only anywhere from about one-quarter to one-third of people over 65 being physically active. You can certainly do exercise on your own, such as walking, running, biking or swimming, but going to a gym gives you many more option. If you do join a gym, it’s important to pick the best gym for you.

There is no one best gym for everyone, and which one is right for you can depend on a number of factors. For example, if you have been exercising forever and know what you are doing, you can join a gym where you are pretty much on your own. You may be fine with a bare-bones gym that just offers weight training and cardio machines. This can also be good if you are trying to get the cheapest gym membership possible.

If you need some help working out or want more of a social experience, then you likely will want to join a larger gym that has more offerings. Your local YMCA or a national fitness chain will be likely to offer more options such as personal trainers or fitness classes. These places are also more likely to have extras such as a pool and gymnasium.

When you have time to work out can also be a factor when choosing the best gym for you. If your only time to work out is late at night or early in the morning, then you need to find a gym that has long hours. On the other hand, if your only time to work out is over your lunch hour or right before or after work, then you may want a gym that is near your workplace.

Remember that you can work out on your own, but if you do want to join a gym, there are many factors you should consider. Price, location, ease of access, services offered — these are all things you should take into account.